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Wind Power

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on what dates the Working Group on noise from wind farms, referred to in the answer of 5 July 2007, Official Report, column 1085, on wind farms, has met; and if he will make a statement. (165913)

The Noise Working Group was convened to advise Government on the specific issue of aerodynamic modulation as raised in the Hayes Mackenzie report “The measurement of Low Frequency Noise at three UK wind farms”, and its objectives were to:

Consider and agree, if thought appropriate, the main conclusions of the report

Consider the report's findings relating to AM

If appropriate, provide a means to assess and apply a correction where AM is predictable to be a clearly audible feature.

Make clear recommendations to advise Government.

The group met on three occasions: on 2 August 2006, 19 October 2006, and 23 April 2007. The minutes of these meetings can be found on the BERR website at:

http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file35043.pdf

http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file35595.pdf

http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file39560.pdf